RIP to the rider but what kind of Darwin award winner thinks fighting to NOT protect yourself is something to make a statement and ride about? Fuck free choice in this matter. This is the govmt protecting people from their own stupidity. There should be a nation wide helmet law and treated as strict as a seat belt. Sure they might make an example outta this guy saying he died because of the very cause he was "rebelling" against. But overall its a stupid arguement to even have or make. There is a reason when i crashed state farm wrote me a blank check for my helmet and said "go get a new one, we 100% cover that". I agree with the ins thing, if you wear a lid you should get lower rates. No sense in punishing the people who are smart enough to protect themselves.
Where do you draw the line? Seriously...if the government can tell you that you must wear a helmet where is the stopping point? If enough legislators in some state or in Washington in the near future decide that as long as motorcycling is so dangerous and we have to protect the riders by mandating helmets what stops them from going further and limiting horsepower to say 20 BHP at the rear wheel? Or...why not go all the way and protect riders completely and declare motorcycles unsafe for our roads and eliminate them altogether?
Do you really believe this hasn't been or isn't under consideration? Are you aware that there have already been attempts to do just those types of things in some states and in Washington?
People rode motorcycles for over 50 years before some safety nazi decided that making them wear helmets would make riding safer...The reality is that yes...in some cases helmets reduced the severity of injuries sustained and likely saved a few lives but how do you explain that when the stats are complete and all factors are brought into play, like number of registrations and per capita motorcycle use, non helmet law states have average fatality rates the same and even lower in some instances than states with a helmet law?
A helmet is not save all with universal results magic device or a magic pill that automatically saves everyone. It's effectiveness has limits...The unfortunate fatalities of some CLSB riders is testament to that.
The issue to the deceased rider was freedom of choice. The freedom to choose whether wearing a helmet was appropriate for him as a citizen living in a free society. You say that it's the governments responsibility to protect the stupid...Who's to say what is or isn't stupid? Do you really want some legislator or bureaucrat making those kind of decisions for you? Among the rights that we as Americans hold dear is the right to self determination and like it or not that extends to the right to be stupid! Who gets to define stupid? It's just as easy to define stupid as riding a motorcycle
as it is to define it as riding a motorcycle without a helmet
. You can't have it both ways. We either live in a free society or we don't.
I choose to wear a helmet when I ride just as you do. I have also been adamant about opposing mandatory helmet laws. Not because I don't want others to be safe, I do and I work very hard promting helmet and gear use and to preserve and protect the learn to ride program and to promote motorcycle awareness, But ...I don't want government to have the kind of control that allowing them to impose mandatory helemt laws gives them!
Neither did Philip A. Contos, R.I.P.